Monday, July 7, 2008

Lifetime Casts for 'Mistresses', poaching from across the sea.

I clearly need to stay on top of my reading, because I can't believe I didn't know that Lifetime poached 'Mistresses' from the UK. It's a surprisingly early pick up. The BBC Drama has only had one season (and six episodes), but I have to admit, the season itself was stellar. Mistresses tells the story of four friends who have stayed close since college, now middle aged. It's a transition point in their lives, and as life would have it, each woman experiences infidelity; either they are the cheaters, or they are cheated on, or they become a mistress outright. It's an interesting premise, and carries well considering these are the fabled 'other women' who are often hated and their stories aren't often seen.
Lifetime has apparently tapped Holly Marie Combs, Brooke Burns, and Rochelle Aytes as three of the four friends, but I'm curious to see how far they'll go with some of the storylines in the adaptation. One of the most poignant and interesting storylines (though they were all pretty damned intriguing) involved the 'baby' of the group and self professed commitment phobe being tapped to plan a wedding for a lesbian couple, and finds herself perplexed, bewildered and astonished to realize she is falling in love with one of the brides-to-be.
Check out a clip from the series:

Whether or not they pick up this storyline remains to be seen, but it is a pivotal character moment for the character and forces her to see what it really means to be the other woman and not have the option of having the one you love for yourself only.

Between this and HBO snagging Bad Girls after FX couldn't make it work, it should be an interesting season in cable for British Women's television. Oh, I'm sorry - American women's television adapted from British shows.

Not that I'm complaining. They've got better stuff anyhow.

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